Premier Darrell Dexter was saddened to hear of the death of former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, who passed away Friday at the age of 70.
"Ralph Klein was a premier who knew how to not take himself too seriously, even while he treated the challenges his province faced with a seriousness of focus," said Dexter. "He was a dedicated leader who left his mark on Alberta. My thoughts are with his family, friends and the people of Alberta on this difficult day."
Klein's political career began in 1980 when he was elected Mayor of Calgary. He was re-elected in 1982 and 1986 before deciding to run provincially in 1989.
He won the leadership of Alberta's Progressive Conservative Party in 1992 and held the position until 2006. During that time Klein presided over four consecutive majority governments.